The Supreme Court on Monday asked Jammu and Kashmir court to reply by April 27 whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state’s courts to Chandigarh should be allowed.
According to the report published in The Times of India, the father sought security for the victim’s family and lawyers representing them.
“In addition, his plea seeks a court direction to strengthen security at the juvenile home where a minor accused – one of eight men accused in total – in the case is being kept. The father will also seek a direction from the SC for a complete investigation into the rape and murder of his daughter,” stated the report.
Meanwhile, the Kathua district court today gave the date for hearing the case on April 28. All the accused were brought to court today mentioned the report.
The gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to nomadic Muslim community, took place in the Kathua district in January. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.
Eight accused have been arrested in the case, and have pleaded not guilty. The lawyer of the accused has also said that they are ready for a narco test.
The lawyer of the victim, Deepika Singh Rajawat has said that she fears for her life and could get killed or raped. She also added that the she is facing a social boycott and is being called ‘anti-Hindu’ for taking up the case.
On Sunday the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti accepted the resignation of two cabinet ministers Chander Prakash Ganga and Chowdhary Lal Singh, who had rallied in support of the accused in the case.
Earlier, the BJP had said that both the ministers were ‘misled and misguided by a few people.’
The main opposition party National Conference had said that they will consider a civil disobedience movement against the government if they fail to take action against the ‘erring ministers’.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also told CM Mehbooba Mufti to sack the two ministers the way she sacked former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu.
Moreover, the victim’s father had moved a plea in the Supreme Court asking for the transfer of the case to Chandigarh.